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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding Gift - Napkins, Placemats, and Napkin Rings on: November 06, 2009 05:21:37 PM
What I did was I bought the pre-formed wire at Michaels used for making bracelets so that it would already have a curved shape.  I then began by twisting the wire around the silver ring with the word on it and threaded on some nice beads and finished it up by twisting the end back around the original ring again.  I kept them on a cardboard wrapping paper tube so that they'd keep their shape.  Maybe the picture below shows them better?

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Gift - Napkins, Placemats, and Napkin Rings on: November 05, 2009 04:28:28 PM
First off, I apologize if this is posted in the wrong area - it seems as if this section has all Wedding planning crafts and this is an actual Wedding gift, but I couldn't find where else to post it.

One of my good friends from high school was getting married and I decided that I wanted to make him something instead of just buying a gift or giving a gift of money - partially to make it more personal, partially to save money (hah!  that ended up not being the case).  The bride & groom were registered at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, so after browsing their registry, I got the idea to make them matching placemats, cloth napkins, and napkin rings.

I don't have too much experience with sewing - I can mend, I've used patterns to make things like my son's baptismal outfit, but this was kind of just a go with the flow thing and I was quite proud of how they turned out!  Especially being straight edges with straight lines on the fabric, I was afraid they would look all crooked, but they turned out good!



I really fell in love with the Napkin Rings that I made - each of them has a word on it such as "Appreciate", "Respect", "Honesty", etc.. and I thought it fit perfectly for a wedding gift.  I got all of the supplies for the Napkin Rings at Michaels.  I didn't want to give them away once they were done!

I also used a pattern to make a matching oven glove... but the oven glove would only have fit a child, so I didn't include that with the gift.  I stretched it and stretched it and now I am able to squuueeeeze my hand into it, so I figured I'd get some use out of it before throwing it away!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Baby Bump Swap Gallery on: October 11, 2009 04:28:02 PM
Just figured I'd share with you guys -  here she is, 2 days old =]



Kirsten Nicole, born October 9th, 18 inches, 5 lbs 13 oz.

Shes too skinny to fit into newborn clothes and too long to fit into premies, so this onesie actually fits her better than any other clothes we have!  and, as you can tell from all the scratches on her face, we should have brought the mittens to the hospital, because by the time we got home to put them on she already did quite a bit Sad  but, at least she's protected now!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Baby Bump Swap Gallery on: September 18, 2009 10:53:11 AM
I've been horrible - I received my package so long ago and still haven't posted it - I am sorry!  First off, I was TOTALLY spoiled, so I really feel bad even posting all of this.. lol, but here is my package from marcusandila...



This is the overall photo... I couldn't even fit it all into one.  I really, really appreciated the hard work that went into this.  Even though it's my 2nd child, it's my boyfriend's 1st, and he's pretty nervous about it, so half of this swap was for him!  He has always said he doesn't understand why I do these swaps, I think he finally realizes how cool it is to get a present in the mail for no reason what so ever =]



Here's my portion of the package.  There's a blanket, bib, burpcloth, sleeper, and shirt, all Pooh themed, because I like Disney characters.  Plus, a hat, headband, barrettes, and a magazine.  I can't wait to have a girl and do her hair all pretty!  That's one thing I never got to experience with my boy.. lol.



Now, here's his portion.  He's more into the "girly" stuff, and she definitely hit that on the head! =]  He got 2 bibs, a burpcloth, a crocheted hat with matching thumb-less mittens (which is great because I can't crochet or knit), a bottle, and...



Two amazing onesies.  I am so jealous that this was in his part of the package.. lol.  I think this is going to be her staple clothing.. we will just switch back and forth everyday and wash the other one on the day that it's not worn.  How's that sound? haha.  For those who don't play World of Warcraft, the lion is the Alliance emblem since both me and the dad play Alliance characters and "noob" is just a term for someone who is new/acts new to the game, so it fits perfectly =]

This helped us fill up our baby stuff so much more, it was perfect.  THANK YOU so much, Ila!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Baby Bump Swap Gallery on: September 14, 2009 07:34:55 PM
yay =] I'm glad you enjoyed it!  I just sent you your letter that was suppose to be included, so hopefully that explains a couple things a little more.

By the way - to anyone wondering - do NOT use cotton/polyester transfers on 100% cotton.  It just does not work, as can be seen in the pictures.  I really enjoyed the idea behind the onesie, though, so I had to include it, anyways!  It was actually a stretchable transfer made by Avery, and unlike most transfers that just crack when you stretch them and leave them all gross looking, you can stretch it, and it will crack, but the cracks blend in with the fabric - it's hard to explain!  It's also really soft compared to any other transfer that I've used before.  I tried it on a different fabric and it worked wonderfully, so I recommend using it - just not for 100% cotton!

Also, gumption, I looked and looked, but I couldn't find any extra page protector thingys for your scrapbook, otherwise I would have included some so that you could keep going with your own pages and be able to re-arrange them even more.  A note to everyone, though - It's incredibly difficult to scrap a gender-neutral scrapbook!  I kept asking my boyfriend, "Does this look too girly to you?" "Does this look too boyish to you?" and he would always tell me yes.  lol
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Baby Bump Swap (Signups CLOSED Send by 11/09/09) on: September 13, 2009 08:07:06 AM
... I forgot to put my card in until it was all completely sealed - I too blame pregnancy brain  Grin

I'm pretty sure we all have a case of pregnancy blame.  Here's my card sitting right in front of me, as well.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Baby Bump Swap (Signups CLOSED Send by 11/09/09) on: September 09, 2009 05:37:12 PM
Gumption, don't feel bad, yours is going to be sent out the final day, as well, so it's like a chain reaction.  I should be the one feeling bad. lol
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Baby Bump Swap (Signups CLOSED Send by 11/09/09) on: September 08, 2009 11:24:11 AM
The title and info states that send outs are due by the 11th, not the 9th.  Was the date changed?
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Baby Bump Swap (Signups CLOSED Send by 11/09/09) on: September 05, 2009 09:11:28 PM
ack, sorry!  I am here.. just haven't been posting.  Busy crafting, but I am definitely still here =]
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Back to School Swap on: September 05, 2009 09:10:27 PM
Yes, that's hand sanitizer!  I was thinking of what a teacher might want on their desk and that popped into my mind.. so we made it into trendy hand sanitizer to match your trendy mug/pencil holder lol.
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